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ACHA CONGRATULATES:  CASSIE BEHRENDS


Cassie Behrends started riding at a young age. Her parents knew she had the horse bug when she cleaned stalls in exchange for lessons at a barn full of pleasure horses at the age of 11. For her 13th birthday she received her first horse, a 16 hand Thoroughbred gelding that she competed with in Dressage and Jumping. At the age of 14 her first job was taking care of 25 horses. If she wasn't in school she was at the barn on a horse.

Cassie moved out on her own at the age of 18, started a full time job and attended college. She worked as a security officer for Bass Enterprises in Ft Worth where she met her husband Brett. They dated for several years, married and had two beautiful children, McKenzie and Alex. She has been very fortunate to be able to be a stay at home mom, while Brett is a Police Officer. They have been married for 17 years.

Cassie stayed in touch with her passion for horses since her Mom always had several horses in the barn close by. She knew it was time to start looking for a new horse several years after her first gelding passed. That's when her family met James and Liz Prater.

Cassie and the Praters quickly became like family. Her brother, (Ry Mosser) broke horses for the Praters and Cassie was always intrigued by the cutting horses. Ry also had a little mare he had ridden for Dr. Hendricks, and that is where Cassie's first cutting horse came from, Playgirl Trixie. Trixie hadn't been under saddle long but Cassie thought buying and training a cutting horse looked like a fun project. After a few ranch cuttings she was hooked.

Cassie recalls going to her first ACHA Championship show in 2015 and sitting in the grandstands thinking, this is amazing! Then in 2016 when the ACHA did a ranch class at the finals, she entered. She will never forget walking out of that herd on her little mare she trained and Cletus Hulling saying "cool pony." Right then she knew she had found a special group to be a part of. That next year she ran and made top 10 in the 1000 on the same little mare. 

2018 started out as a year in which Cassie was determined to learn a lot and have fun. She started out the year on Playgirl Trixie then James let her ride Bearcat Feathers and she really fell in love with cutting. She rode Bearcat until July when she bought Wild Mustang Molly. Molly carried her the rest of the way to the title of World Champion in the 2500 Novice Rider and the 1000 Novice Rider. Molly also carried her to the title of Rookie of the Year for 2018.

With her family rooting for her, James mentoring her, and her trainers Mike Combs and John L. Dublin in her corners, how could she fail!?!  Never in a million years did Cassie think she could achieve anything like that, it was a dream come true.

2019 is all about having fun, learning, and enjoying the new family she has found.

ACHA congratulates Cassie on her well-deserved titles and can't wait to see what the future holds!


 
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2018 AWARD WINNERS:
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Open Rider Hall of Fame
Billy Bob Moore

Non Pro Rider Hall of Fame
Bobbie Sue Shore

Member Hall of Fame
Lee and Judy Barron

Rookie of The Year
Cassie Behrends

High Point Horse
Bearcat Feathers

High Point Open Rider
John L. Dublin

High Point Non Pro Rider
Phil Wright

Honor Roll Recipients
Paul Bassel, Tracy Owens, Janice Little,
Paula Williams, & not pictured) Tony Caporina

Ben Todd Award
Ranessa Crawford

Most Improved Youth
Dakota West

Affiliate Champion
Ashley Knight representing
Australian Cutting Horse Group

Top Hands
Presented & Sponsored by Billy & Tracy Owens
Cletus Hulling, John Dublin, Mike McCarty & Michelle Mowery

 


2018 World Champions
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Open
Champion
John L. Dublin / Super Neat Cat / Jim Spaulding
Reserve
John L. Dublin / CD Swinging Jane / Deni Grissette

Non Pro
Champion
Jennifer Bowers
Reserve
Tamra Lott

$50,000 Non Pro
Champion
James Prater
Reserve
Candace Harrison

$15,000 Novice Horse
Champion
A Dog Bit My Bodee
Mike Combs / Gretchen Hawksworth
Reserve
Catty Doc Legacy
John L. Dublin / Ranessa Crawford

$20,000 Non Pro
Champion
Mary Bauer
Reserve
Monte Locke

$15,000 NH/NP
Champion
Catty Doc Legacy / Ranessa Crawford
Reserve
Pepto Katz / Phil Wright

$3,000 Novice Horse
Champion
Wild Mountain Cat
Alvin Turner / Kennady Moffatt
Reserve
DB Spotified
Lonny Morris / Ron Jones

Senior Non Pro
Champion
Bill Kyle (Not Pictured)
Reserve
Paul Vaughan

$2500 Novice Rider
Champion
Cassie Behrends
Reserve
Billy Light

$1,000 Novice Rider
Champion
Cassie Behrends
Reserve
Billy Light

Senior Youth
Champion
Zach Harbers
Reserve
Taylor Mowery (Not Pictured)

Junior Youth
Champion
Toby Combs
Reserve
John C. Dublin (Not Pictured)

Open Classic
Champion
Sneak A Smoothie
Mandy Schoenst
Reserve
Sweet Lil Billie
Billy Bob Moore / Martha Wilson

Non Pro Classic
Champion
Prettysmoothpepper
Bobbie Sue Shore
Reserve
Z Z Smart
Phil Wright

Open Derby
Champion
Chiquita Reysmooth
Billy Bob Moore / Lee Barron
Reserve
JK Ella Rey
Gary Walker / Legal Cut LLC

Non Pro Derby
Champion
Frostonthemesa
Mike Randolph
Reserve
Justa Smooth Shooter
Kelsey Conn (Not Pictured)

ACHA Championship Show featured on KCEN Live TV!! Check out these clips!

Cutting horse skills at their best this week at the Bell County Expo Center
Cutting horse championship show in Belton


Congratulations to the 2018 Championship Show Circuit Champions
Thank You Hart Photos
www.HARTPHOTOS.US
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$20,000 Non Pro Champion
Cindy Smith

Non Pro Classic Champion
USS Tucker owned & ridden by
Cristy Erickson

Open Derby
Champion
Cats Play Tuff/Jonathan Rogers/Tiemann & Rogers
Reserve
Hott Wish / Faron Hightower / Dawn Jonas

Non Pro Derby
Champion
Anotha Brotha / Megan Johnsrud
Reserve
Cactus Jack 015 / Wade Rust

$15,000 Novice Horse
Champion
Smart Georgia Belle
Tom McTaggert / Ray Brazzel
Reserve
Shesa Metallic Lady
Jonathan Bartock / Mallory Tolleson

$3,000 Novice Horse
Champion
The Real Slim Shady
Mike Mowery / Ken Rodgers
Reserve
Time With Billie
Mike Mowery / Mike & Michelle Mowery

$15,000 NH/NP
Champion
CR Short Smart Cat
Ryan Smith

$15,000 NH/NP
Reserve
WHspotonthegoose
Billy Owens

Senior Non Pro
Champion
Paula Williams
Reserve
Jennifer Bowers

$50,000 Non Pro
Champion Andra Wisian
Reserve John Hightower

Open Classic
Champion
Close To Metal/Jonathan Rogers/Terry Strange
Reserve
USS Tucker / Jonathan Rogers/Sweet Blessings Ranch

$2,500 Novice Rider Reserve
Ashley Knight

Open Champion
Hot Kitty Cat
Cletus Hulling / John Hightower Reserve
Smooth Talking
Tom McTaggart / Ray Brazzel

$20,000 Non Pro Reserve
Phil Wright

$1,000 Novice Rider
Champion Cassie Behrends
Reserve Billy Light

JR Youth
Champion JT West
Reserve Sidney Kahla

Affiliate Shootout Champion
Ashley Knight
representing Australian Cutting Horse Group

McDonald's SR Youth
Champion Emalee Hoffman

McDonald's JR Youth
Champion Toby Combs

Non Pro Champion
Metalena / Tamra Lott

Non Pro Reserve
Billie Brow Cat / Bobbi Sue Shore

SR Youth Champion
Dually Husband

SR Youth Reserve
Zach Harbers

$2,500 Novice Rider Champion
Samantha Smith

 

In continuance of the American West, and the ranching lifestyle, the American Cutting Horse Association strives to promote cutting horses as a competition sport. The goal of the ACHA is to promote the breeding, training and sport of these great horses in a competitive setting.

By the establishment of rules of conduct for cutting horse contests and the keeping of complete and accurate records of these contests, the ACHA seeks to promote and regulate the showing of cutting horses.

There is a place in the ACHA for contestants and their horses at any level and any goal. ACHA membership consists of people of diverse backgrounds and talents and encourages individuals, families and companies to become involved in the sport of cutting



Upcoming Events

March 23
Dorrigo, NSW, Australia


March 23 - 24
South Texas CHA - Brenham, TX


April 6 - 7
Oklahoma CHA - 2 shows each day


April 6 - 7
West Texas CHA - Clyde, TX


April 13 - 14
Southwest Texas CHA - Belton, TX


April 27
Dorrigo, NSW, Australia


April 27 - 28
South Texas CHA - Brenham, TX


LATEST NEWS

RULE CHANGE:
Please read the important rule changes for 2019
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Thank You Sponsors

2019 ACHA WEEKEND SPONSORS:
Lee & Judy Barron
Bellville Abstract Co. / Leigh Ann Schultz
Whitlock Cattle
Bowers Vet Clinic
Martha Wilson
Jana Lowe
Mitch Farris Cutting Horses
Camille Abbott
Mike Combs Cutting Horses
Robert Fuentes Cutting Horses

2018 YEAR END SADDLE SPONSORS:
Sam Munroe / McDonalds (2 locations Brenham)
Jim & Rhonda Ross
David & Martha Wilson
Mitchell Pipe & Supply, LLC
Whitlock Cattle Co., LLC
Mike & Janie Crumpler / Cole Eslyn / Clarence Schulze
Twisted L Ranch - Mark & Brenda Lanning

2018 Year End Sponsors:
Henson Family Dealerships
Brazos Valley Equine
O & P Construction / Billy & Tracy Owens
Candace Harrison
Kim LaMarr - In Memory of Charles LaMarr
The Woods Family - In Memory of Jim Woods
Rod Patrick Bootmakers

 

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